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January 2011 Music Calendar

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November 19, 2010 | by Judy Moore
The Philharmonia Quartett Berlin will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21.
 EVANSTON, Ill. --- Performances in the 15th annual Winter Chamber Music Festival will open the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music’s 2010-11 season’s winter programming.

The festival’s seven concerts, which begin Jan. 7 and run through Feb. 7, will feature the Evanston Chamber Ensemble, Bienen School faculty members, the Jupiter String Quartet, Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, violinist Arnold Steinhardt and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, who will appear with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

The festival is made possible in part by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Other January highlights include a Jan. 15 Segovia Classical Guitar Series concert by Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas and a Jan. 22 Kids Fare concert by the Northwestern University Symphonic Band.

Events listed below are open to the public and will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, as noted.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger website at http://www.pickstaiger.org/. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.

JANUARY 2011 MUSIC EVENTS

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Evanston Chamber Ensemble, Bienen School Faculty and Guests, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Evanston Chamber Ensemble and Bienen School faculty and guest artists will perform Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major and Erwin Stein’s chamber arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. The Evanston Chamber Ensemble is comprised of pianist Andrea Swan, violinist Blair Milton and cellist Stephen Balderston. Also performing are soprano Pamela Hinchman; violinist Yuan-Qing Yu; violist Yukiko Ogura; bassist Robert Kassinger; flutist Jennifer Gunn; oboist Scott Hostetler; clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom; harmonium player Elizabeth Buccheri; and the Bienen School director of percussion She-e Wu. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Faculty Recital, “Twilight Muses,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, Lutkin Hall. A frequent performer in opera and oratorio worldwide, Bienen School faculty tenor Kurt Hansen has appeared as a soloist under conductors Sir Georg Solti and Claudio Abbado. Pianists Karina Kontorovitch and Ruth Lin, who were the featured duo on WFMT 98.7 FM’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, will join Hansen in this recital. Kontorovitch, who earned bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance from Northwestern, currently teaches at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, and is a vocal coach and accompanist at Northwestern and DePaul universities. Lin, who holds a Northwestern doctoral degree in orchestral conducting, directs the symphony orchestra at Minnesota’s Gustavus Adolphus College. The program will include music by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Rachmaninoff for voice and piano and piano duo. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Bienen School Faculty and Guests, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Pianists Alan Chow and James Giles, violinist Gerardo Ribeiro and clarinetist Steven Cohen will be joined by violist Rami Solomonov and cellist Kenneth Olsen in a concert featuring Bartok’s “Contrasts” and Strauss’ Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major. Ingolf Dahl’s “Concerto a Tre” and Faure’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor also will be performed. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Jazz: Small Ensemble Concert, “Brazilian Nights,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, Regenstein Recital Hall. An evening of Brazilian jazz performed by small ensembles from the Bienen School of Music will be conducted by Victor Goines, director of Northwestern University’s Jazz Studies Program. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Jupiter String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Jupiter String Quartet will perform Beethoven’s String Quartets No. 2 in G Major and No. 14 in C-sharp Minor and Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Microludes.” The Jupiter Quartet is comprised of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel and cellist Daniel McDonough. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students with valid IDs.

2011 Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Berta Rojas, guitar, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, Lutkin Hall. Moving gracefully between classical and folkloric repertoire, Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas has appeared at celebrated venues throughout the world, including sold-out concerts at the South Bank Centre in London and the Kennedy Center in Washington. Creator of the Barrios WorldWideWeb Competition, the world’s first online competition for classical guitarists, Rojas is a professor of guitar at George Washington University and Paraguay’s ambassador of tourism. The program includes selections from her albums “Terruno,” “Cielo Abierto” and “Intimate Barrios.” The Segovia Classical Guitar Series is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Guest Artist, Berta Rojas Guitar Master Class, 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, Regenstein Recital Hall. Guitarist Berta Rojas coaches pre-selected guitar students from the Bienen School of Music in the first of two winter-quarter guitar master classes. Admission is free.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Bienen School Faculty and Guests, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School faculty and guest artists will perform William Walton’s Facade for Chamber Ensemble, narrated by television journalist Bill Kurtis, and Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 for Winds in B-flat Major (“Gran Partita”). The ensemble will include cellist Brant Taylor; flutist Richard Graef; oboists Scott Hostetler and Robert Morgan; clarinetists Steven Cohen and Leslie Grimm; clarinetist and basset hornist J. Lawrie Bloom; basset hornist Sunshine Simmons; bassoonists Lewis Kirk and Christopher Millard; saxophonist Frederick L. Hemke; hornists Jonathan Boen, Oto Carrillo, James Smelzer and Gail Williams; trumpeter Charles Geyer; and percussionist James Ross. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Philharmonia Quartett Berlin will perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Minor; Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor; and Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor. The quartet is comprised of violinists Daniel Stabrawa and Christian Stadelmann, violist Neithard Resa and cellist Dietmar Schwalke. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students with valid IDs. (Editor’s note: Quartett is correctly spelled with three t’s.)

Kids Fare, “Banding Together,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. A musical celebration for children aged 3 to 8 and their families will feature the sounds of the Northwestern University Symphonic Band’s brass and woodwind players and percussionists. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and students.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Violinist Arnold Steinhardt, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Steinhardt’s concert will feature Mozart’s Violin Sonata in G Major; Janacek’s Violin Sonata; Schumann’s Romance from “F-A-E Sonata”; and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major. Steinhardt will be joined by pianists Alan Chow and Andrea Swan; violinist Blair Milton; violist Yukiko Ogura; and cellist Stephen Balderston. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students with valid IDs.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the symphony orchestra in a performance featuring Northwestern University Concerto Competition winning clarinetist Jack Marquadt. The program will include Cesar Franck’s “The Accursed Huntsman”; John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto; and Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

Nathalie Rayter, a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.